'Tis the season to mail gifts

By Matt Porter

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 8:42 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) In a store crammed with packing peanuts and cardboard boxes, local UPS store owner Michael Belz said the weeks leading up to Dec. 25 are his Black Friday.

"We do six times the normal monthly volume," Pelz said.

He said deliveries on time to California using standard UPS shipping need to be in by Friday.

Belz said UPS staff will deliver the gifts as if they own them, including doing the packing.

"We have a pack and ship promise," he said. "We pack their items, send it out, guarantee it will be there."

Web retailers have changed the landscape with more packages being delivered directly to customers, like Stacey Novello from Endicott.

"Amazon has been very helpful to us," she said. "So some of the presents I just sent out were ordered online."

Tim Gwardyak, postmaster of the Vestal Post Office, said they deliver more packages than ever thanks to the web.

"Our package volume doubles, sometimes triples during the Christmas season," Gwardyak said.

The US Post Office said it will process 20 million more pieces of mail each day during the holiday season.

And on Dec. 16, their busiest day, they'll process more than 600 million pieces of mail.

Gwardyak said his entire staff take great care in delivering customer's packages they know are wrapped with love.

"They've done their part," he said, "Now it's time to do ours."

Important deadlines for packages to be delivered in time for Christmas are:

Dec.10 for International Priority Mail
Dec.14 for standard parcel post.
Dec. 16 for Global Express Guaranteed.
Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail
Dec. 21 for Priority Mail
Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express